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Diabetes Health Center

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  1. Diabetic Neuropathy - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet

  2. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    You may find it difficult to stay motivated to manage your diabetes appropriately. The following suggestions may help.Set goals and provide positive reinforcementPraise and reward yourself for the things you do right. Use nonfood rewards, such as clothing, sports equipment, books, a golf trip, or a movie night. Engage in positive self-talk instead of being negative or critical of yourself. Set short-term goals for healthy eating habits and exercise.Seek supportSurround yourself with people who encourage and motivate you. Sources of support may include:Health professionals. Friends. Family. An exercise buddy or program. An organized diabetes support group.Look for opportunities to attend meetings or classes where you can receive new diabetes information or simply receive reinforcement of concepts that are already familiar to you. Keep in contact with your doctors. Let them know if you are having difficulties with any area of your care, or if something has changed in your health or

  3. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    The teen years may be the most difficult time for a young person with diabetes and his or her parents. The normal cycle of rapid growth spurts and periods of slow growth along with the normal teenager behaviors of going to bed late, sleeping late, and eating meals at varying times makes it hard to keep a teenager's blood sugar level consistently within his or her target range. Eating fast foods often also makes following a balanced diet and weight management difficult for a teen.Your teenager may be very mature and assume appropriate responsibility for his or her diabetes care. If so, your job as a parent of providing appropriate supervision will be relatively easy. On the other hand, teenager rebellion is normal. Your teen who has diabetes may rebel by lashing out at you for the ups and downs of the disease. Try to be empathetic, and imagine the feelings of fear, sadness, anger, and even guilt your teen may be feeling. Your teenager with diabetes may rebel by:Skipping insulin doses

  4. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar.

  5. Diabetic Neuropathy - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Diabetes: Should I Get an Insulin Pump?

  6. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    How does alcohol affect diabetes? When you have diabetes,you need to be careful with alcohol. If you take insulin or pills for diabetes,drinking alcohol may cause low blood sugar. Too much alcohol can also affect your ability to know when your blood sugar is low and to treat it. Drinking alcohol can make you feel lightheaded at first and drowsy as you drink more,both of which may be ...

  7. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    When you have diabetes, you need to examine your feet every day. Look at all areas of your feet, including your toes. Use a handheld mirror or a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect your feet. If you can't see well, have someone else use this checklist to examine your feet for you. Using this checklist helps you remember to examine all areas of your feet.Checklist for daily foot exams Check your feet for: What to do if you notice a problemSkin color:RedBlue or blackRedness could point to irritation from shoes or overheating or other early signs of a problem. Do what you can to discover the cause and fix it, such as wearing shoes that fit better.Blue or black areas can mean bruising or blood flow problems. Call your doctor to report them.Patches where hair is missingBald patches may mean irritation from shoes or a blood flow problem. Show the areas to your doctor during your next visit.BlisterTry to discover the cause of the blister. Friction or

  8. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Sugar (glucose) normally is not found in urine. However,when blood sugar levels rise well above a target range-which occurs in diabetes -the kidneys often release some of the excess sugar from the blood into the urine. In pregnant women,the kidneys sometimes release sugar into the urine even when blood sugar levels are within a safe range. You can test urine for sugar by using plastic strips ...

  9. Diabetic Neuropathy - Setting a Goal to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

    WebMD shows how to set goals to prevent prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes.

  10. Diabetic Neuropathy - Topic Overview

    Blood vessel and nerve damage associated with diabetes can lead to serious infections that are extremely difficult to treat. Often the first place you have a problem is your feet. When you lose the ability to feel your toes and feet,you are more likely to injure them without knowing it. Even a minor injury,such as a small cut,can develop into an ulcer and a serious infection. Infections of ...

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